Rose ‘n’ Salt Dough Finger Prints For Mother’s Day

Precious little hands stay tiny for such a short while.  I am so in love with making a keepsake of this very special time, of those amazingly beautiful little fingers and palms.

dough prints

Pink rose petals in this dough are to symbolize love and motherhood, plus they give the dough a very delicate fragrance.

pink rose petals

I did this simple little project both at home with my girls and at the preschool, making two different versions.  At home we made a big plaque with both my big girls hands pressed into the dough, their thumbs overlapping.  The kids at the preschool cut out hearts from the rosy salt dough and pressed their fingers into the dough.  Both versions are totally cute and precious!

~ Materials ~

This makes enough dough for 15 hearts about 2″ by 3″ and one 8″ by 6″ plaque.  You can cut the recipe it in half if you want!

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of salt
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water, rose tea or rose-water for fragrance
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of fluffy pink rose petals
  • straw
  • heart-shaped cookie cutter, optional
  • ribbons
  • sharpie marker, optional

~ Instructions ~

  • Blend together the flour, salt,  cream of tartar and rose petals.  
  • Next add the water a little bit at a time until you get a nice doughy consistency that holds together but is not sticky.  I did this all in my Kitchen Aid the night before going into the preschool and it was easy!  You could certainly mix this up with the kids too, which I am sure they would enjoy.  
  • At this point you are ready to make your shapes and prints, or you can refrigerate the dough in an air tight bag if, like me, you won’t be using it until the next day.  
  • Roll or press the dough out.

dough all pressed out

  • Either shape the dough to desired shape or cut out heart shapes with your cookie cutter.
  • Press the child’s hand into the dough.  You may need to talk with them about spreading their fingers apart.  Most of the kids I worked with instinctively placed their hand on the dough with their fingers all held together.  Also you may need to help them press their fingers into the dough.

imprinting

  • Use the straw to poke a little hole for hanging.
  • Dry these in the oven at a low temp for a couple of hours.  Be sure to keep a close eye on them and flip them half way through the drying process.  Or you can let them air dry for a couple of days.
  • Use the sharpie to write the child’s name and their age or the date on the back of the heart/plaque and add a pretty ribbon for hanging.

fingers

You could also paint these with modge podge to preserve them.  Or you could let the kiddos paint them to add a nice little personal touch.  Because we used the roses we aren’t going to paint ours so we can see and smell the roses!

A little poem to go with this sweet gift would be a lovely addition.  I found all a wonderful collection of poems on Can Teach.  Most of them make me tear up thinking about my own little ones growing up so very fast!

Mother's Day 2013

More Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts ~

Some Sweet Foot Lovin’ For Mother’s Day

When I was researching this project I found a lot of wonderful salt dough recipes to choose from.  Here are two that I used the most for inspiration:

Create, Craft, Love and eHow Mom

Are you making gifts for Mother’s Day this year?

Happy Mother’s Day!

Shared On:  It’s Playtime!Eco-Kid’s TuesdayThe Kid’s Co-OpKid’s Get Crafty, Friday’s Nature Table

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14 thoughts on “Rose ‘n’ Salt Dough Finger Prints For Mother’s Day

  1. Oh these are precious! I know what I am doing with the boys tomorrow. These would be great to give to the grandmothers (and to keep for ourselves too!) I don’t have any blooming roses to get petals from but I could try it with the little pinwheel shaped purple flowers we have in bloom on our ground covering.

    • You could certainly use any flower you want in these. I just got the roses for ours from our local herbal apothecary. So glad you like this project! They really are so cute, just love, love those little hands!

  2. I love these kinds of project too-keepsakes from natural materials.

  3. I especially like the ornament idea and would love to have my grandchildren’s fingerprints on my Christmas tree this year!

  4. Do you think gluten free flour would hold up?

    • HI Amanda!
      I really don’t know the answer to that but I think it would be worth a try. Also, you might look around and see if you can find another recipe with less flour and more salt which may help to negate the loss of the gluten. Please let me know if you try it out!

  5. I think I will do this with our playschool children… with lavender!

    • Gosh, I almost did lavender. Please let me know how it turns out!

      • Look for pics next Tuesday at Eco Kids! We did it today. They are still baking, but pretty sweet. I used lavender EO in the water too!

        PS I am going to feature your post along with my craft too!

  6. This is such a brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing it at the Kids CoOp. I’ll be featuring this as part of my baby play roundup. xo Pauline

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